IBM makes SOA buy

IBM buys SOA company to extends usefulness of traditional communication applications

IBM has acquired another SOA company in a bid to dig deeper in the reusable software and services space.

IBM bought Webify Solutions, a provider of industry-specific software and services for building service-oriented architectures (SOAs) in a deal whose terms have not yet been disclosed.

According to research firm Gartner, SOA and Web services will affect every business and IT department and will provide the basis for 80% of development projects by 2008.

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SOAs promise rapid business changes and upgrades by using modular applications and standards such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Instead of product suites and tools, SOAs will enable systems integrators within organizations to assemble and install modules from multiple vendors, and SIP will provide the means to integrate these communication application modules from multiple vendors.

With Webify, IBM says that it is employing the company's expertise in helping insurance and healthcare customers by using SOA to solve business problems unique to their industries.

Avaya has also adopted the SOA methodology to extend the usefulness of traditional communication applications. According to Avaya, SOAs make communication services discoverable and provide business-level interfaces that have a network address because they are part of an integrated IP-IT convergence solution. The aim is to connect the people with processes and the processes with the data.

Plans for Webify's technology include folding it into IBM's Software Group under the WebSphere name. Other products in this group are WebSphere Integration Developer, WebSphere Process Server, and the WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. According to a statement by IBM, the acquisition builds upon its strategy of developing high-value, repeatable tools that help companies optimise and transform their businesses.

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